Rugby League - Rea looking for London lift-off

London Broncos coach Tony Rea is hoping his side's stunning win at Salford can kick-start their season.

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London Broncos broke their duck at Salford and lifted themselves off the foot of the Super League table

The Broncos, who broke their duck and lifted themselves off the foot of the Super League table with a 38-4 rout of the City Reds a week ago, seek to make it back-to-back wins when Hull KR visit the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday evening. Rea's Broncos masterminded four wins from their last five matches of 2012 but began this season with four straight defeats.

"It's been coming," he said. "We've been holding it together. We didn't do anything different, we just improved, we did some things a lot better. We did some things with a bit more clarity and I'm really pleased about that."

He added: "There has to be more. Everybody is getting that bit better. The confidence was there and hopefully this has given them bit a more belief."

Hull KR also made an inauspicious start to the season but they will go into Saturday's round-six game in buoyant mood after becoming the first team to beat title favourites Warrington.

However, the Robins are without second rower Dale Ferguson after he was recalled by Huddersfield and they will go into the game without both first-choice hookers.

With Josh Hodgson having picked up a one-match ban and Lincoln Withers breaking a toe in training, coach Craig Sandercock will give a first start to former Bradford and Huddersfield nine Keal Carlile.

"I just want a full squad to pick from," said Sandercock. "At the moment we're still juggling a few injuries and one or two of the boys copped a few knocks last weekend.

"Josh Hodgson was also charged with a grade B offence and Dale Ferguson has returned to Huddersfield which is disappointing as he's done well for us and we'd have liked him here for another month. Having said that, we always knew this could happen so we'll just work around it. "

Former Batley winger Alex Brown keeps his spot after making a tryscoring debut in Sunday's 26-12 win over the Wolves, along with Australian stand-off Travis Burns, who has been identified as a major threat by Rea.

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